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  1. #1
    us
    Dec 2008
    rome, ga
    241

    Anyone search vending machines??

    Sometimes at work on break or when I have a chance to kill a few minutes I put some quarters in vending machines and hit the return button just to see what other coins comes out. I figure it's easier than buying rolls of coins and running bank to bank. No silver yet on quarters or dimes and probably slim chances that I will see one. Done nickels on the vending machines and came up with 2-1940 and 1-1947 in about 5 minutes. I think I had a 50 something nickel that came out but I put it back in thinking it was worthless. I kept some AU 1999 quarters around 15 of them so far.

    Any others tried this method? Any luck?

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  3. #2
    us
    May 2009
    Texas
    Garrett Ace 250
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    Re: Anyone search vending machines??

    I've never heard of this strategy, but it seems like a pretty cool break-time treasure hunting activity. It might also be cool to try after metal detecting, when you have a pocketful of dirty face-value coins to get rid of. Hah, let the vender worry about them! At the very least you get to think about something besides for a while, and maybe even get a coke when you're done. Cool idea, though, man.
    "You revere me; but what if your reverence tumbles one day?  Beware lest a statue slay you! -Nietzsche

  4. #3

    Dec 2006
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    Re: Anyone search vending machines??

    Yeah, it 's been brought up on this forum before; VMHing. (vending machine hunting)

    It has provided some nice keepers for folks; myself included.
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  5. #4
    us
    Apr 2009
    Clarksville TN.
    Minelab SE Pro
    1,773

    Re: Anyone search vending machines??

    No I gave it up when learned about MSG.

  6. #5
    us
    Sep 2008
    82

    Re: Anyone search vending machines??

    I think that would be embarassing to explain to your coworkers that you are trying to find some neat coins.

  7. #6
    kz
    Dec 2007
    The Dirty Shire
    Whites DFX, and Whites IDX Pro
    1,329
    135 times

    Re: Anyone search vending machines??

    my dad got a few gum ball machines that he set up in a few areas around town.
    so far in little over a yr he found 2 silver quarters while emptying them out

  8. #7
    us
    Jan 2007
    ny
    TESORO DeLeon
    180

    Re: Anyone search vending machines??

    I've tried it...no luck yet!
    gerald
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  9. #8
    us
    Dec 2006
    Washington, DC
    297
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Anyone search vending machines??

    I've found a few 1940s nickels this way, and a 2005 Canadian quarter. As with CRH, nickels have the best yield.
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  10. #9
    XX
    XX is offline

    Jan 2008
    411

    Re: Anyone search vending machines??

    I've done this before and while I've found one Florida Proof Quarter, I've also gotten three nickels back in place of quarters (not at the same time).

  11. #10
    us
    May 2009
    F75 LTD
    106

    Re: Anyone search vending machines??

    I'm now known as the weird guy at work that hangs out by the coke machine. Don't suppose anyone knows a way to look for silver and look cool at the same time? Oh well, who cares, i'll just keep stack'in.

  12. #11
    us
    May 2009
    14

    Re: Anyone search vending machines??

    Hey Jimmy I have done this before too. When at my old workplace, i did that with the nickels and out popped a 1943-P 40% silver.
    This is a good stretegy but sometimes, depending on the machine it will spit out whatever you put in.
    Silvergold

  13. #12
    us
    Aug 2008
    Ace 350
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    Banner Finds (1)

    Re: Anyone search vending machines??

    I've never tried this method - maybe next time I'm needing a fix and don't have a box handy...

    Maine_Jim

  14. #13
    us
    Dec 2008
    Hemet,ca
    fisher F2
    86

    Re: Anyone search vending machines??

    Quote Originally Posted by EpsilonMinus
    I've never heard of this strategy, but it seems like a pretty cool break-time treasure hunting activity. It might also be cool to try after metal detecting, when you have a pocketful of dirty face-value coins to get rid of.
    so that's how i clean my dirty dug up clad.

  15. #14
    us
    May 2009
    Texas
    Garrett Ace 250
    272
    1 times

    Re: Anyone search vending machines??

    Quote Originally Posted by DEMERSON
    Quote Originally Posted by EpsilonMinus
    I've never heard of this strategy, but it seems like a pretty cool break-time treasure hunting activity. It might also be cool to try after metal detecting, when you have a pocketful of dirty face-value coins to get rid of.
    so that's how i clean my dirty dug up clad.
    It's just unfortunate that most of the nasty clad finds are rotted pennies and no machines will accept them as payment for anything...
    "You revere me; but what if your reverence tumbles one day?  Beware lest a statue slay you! -Nietzsche

  16. #15
    Charter Member
    us
    Dec 2006
    Left Coast
    XLT & Bigfoot
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    Re: Anyone search vending machines??

    Quote Originally Posted by EpsilonMinus
    It's just unfortunate that most of the nasty clad finds are rotted pennies and no machines will accept them as payment for anything...
    I had a baggy full once and decided to go to coin star with mine. Started slowly pouring them in and it was rejecting over 50% but then I started re-feeding them untill suddenly everything shut down and the screen said see manager.

    I quietly retrieved all that did not go in and went home. I did not visit that store for a few months.
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  17. #16
    us
    Apr 2009
    East Coast
    White's MXT
    511
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    Re: Anyone search vending machines??

    I own several soda machines and a snack machine at my neighborhood pool. Last summer I found a silver proof state quarter straight out of a set. Some child got in big trouble for that one I'm sure! Gotta have that candy fix though.

  18. #17
    us
    May 2009
    Texas
    Garrett Ace 250
    272
    1 times

    Re: Anyone search vending machines??

    Quote Originally Posted by cyberdan
    Quote Originally Posted by EpsilonMinus
    It's just unfortunate that most of the nasty clad finds are rotted pennies and no machines will accept them as payment for anything...
    I had a baggy full once and decided to go to coin star with mine. Started slowly pouring them in and it was rejecting over 50% but then I started re-feeding them untill suddenly everything shut down and the screen said see manager.

    I quietly retrieved all that did not go in and went home. I did not visit that store for a few months.
    Man, If I was in that situation, after the thing seized up, I would have just poured the rest in there out of spite for those machines being such a rip off to begin with. Coin-machines should be free, since, I assume, a majority of people going to trade in their coins are doing it so they don't have to buy groceries with a bag of random loose coins. But I digress, since our economy is based on making money from other peoples money anyway. Funny story though, man!
    "You revere me; but what if your reverence tumbles one day?  Beware lest a statue slay you! -Nietzsche

  19. #18
    us
    May 2009
    14

    Re: Anyone search vending machines??

    Yes you are right Coincrazed. My mistake i was thinking of the halves 1965-1970.

 

 

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